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AIA San Francisco: Architecture and the City Festival

Architecture and the City festival is set to open September 1st in San Francisco. You can catch the opening party though on August 26th from 6:00-9:00pm at the San Francisco Design Center. The opening party is a benefit for the Center for Architecture and Design. This year's festival theme is “Architecture of Consequence”. The hope is to demonstrate how progressive design and creative problem solving can address society’s current challenges and lead to a more sustainable future.

They have a plethora of tours, exhibitions, and events planned through September, including food tours where you can experience SOMA-based restaurant Bar Agricole and Nikolas Weinstein's studio and AIA's film series which is free Wednesdays at 5:30 at the San Francisco Public Library.

Look Art


by Dorothy Santos

We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.

~ Jean Baudrillard

ARTSblog Salon: Seeking and Celebrating the Spark of Innovation

I was invited to contribute to the Blog Salon on ARTSblog, hosted by Americans for the Arts and the Emerging Leaders Council. The theme is "Emerging Ideas:  Seeking and Celebrating the Spark of Innovation." It's an interesting discussion with posts coming from ten arts professionals across the U.S.

My first post is titled Artists Demonstrate the Process of Innovation Everyday

Join the discussion here


by Dorothy Santos


At dusk, a radiating neon green herbal leaf welcomes visitors to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It serves as one of the first installations a visitor sees when entering the Bay Area Now 6 (aka BAN6) visual arts exhibition. The signage was created by, Bay Area artist and San Francisco Art Institute faculty member, Tony Labat. As a play on the words Yerba Buena and the rich history San Francisco brings to the ongoing political and social debate of medicinal marijuana. Historically, Labat’s work examines social and cultural issues within such a milieu of diverging and opposing opinions.

Dualing Pianos: Agape Agape in D Minor by Mauricio Ancalmo was one of the noteworthy pieces in BAN6. Ancalmo fastidiously creates the perfect amount of tension, both figuratively and literally. Various technologies coalesce to re-contextualize and re-imagine concepts such as time, placement, and discord. The large kinetic sculpture pushes the viewer’s understanding of new media and technology based work. In many ways, Ancalmo calls upon his viewer to actually listen as well as experience the cyclical nature of synthesis and antithesis.

Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant

The Sundance Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced their annual Request for Proposals towards the Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship program. Commissions of up to $25,000 will be awarded to emerging and established filmmakers working on the early stages of projects that relate to science and technology. The grant includes the following:

  • A cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period
  • A stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor
  • Creative support during the writing process from a select group of Creative Advisors
  • The possibility of a Fellowship to a Screenwriters Lab
  • Strategic and practical support from the Feature Film Program staff

Deadline is September 9, 2011. More details and application available online here.

Good luck!


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